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Accenture Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
9,396 Reviews
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 609 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 543 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1194 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 192 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great opportunities but at a grueling pace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with at the analyst and consultant level. Great experience in a lot of different roles. Great training opportunities. Great "brand" to have on your resume. Opportunity to get involved in any type of extra-curricular you want. Defined paths to promotion. Great benefits.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Unrealistic expectations from leaders who have married the company and prefer not to have lives outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time developing analysts and consultants - getting to know them as people - it will keep them more satisfied and inclined to stay long term. Staff projects appropriately, don't break the backs of 24-29 yr olds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Wonderful opportunities to learn different technologies.
    -Amazing people to work with.
    -Good type of challenges.
    -Okay benefits
    -Good amount of PTO but you don't always get to use it.
    -Depending on the project remote work is an option.

    Cons

    -Things aren't always very clear or communicated properly.
    -long work ours may happen and you don't always get recognition for it.
    -Often just seen as a resource and not a person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its a large company so its easy to make people feel like they are just resources and not human beings. Maybe consider having more of a human element as well as give better compensation for the long hours that are being worked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Accenture Management Consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Name recognition
    Respect in marketplace
    Strong diversity
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Long interview process
    Low salaries
    Cumbersome but unfair performance review process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, good process, disconnected leadership!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to grow if you are willing to work hard; I got 2 promotions within a short time.

    Cons

    Leadership is disconnected with what's going on below senior manager. Retention issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the truth out yourself; not just what people say. Organizational health is very important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Relationship-based organizational structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High quality people, culture and values built on strong internal relationships and community. Accenture employees starting at the analytst and consultant levels have unparalleled professional tenure

    Cons

    One of the highest attrition for more senior staff, it is difficult for experienced hires to assimilate into highly relationship-based organizational structure.We senior leadership providing organizational direction and growth-strategy;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is pigeonholed at the account level, inventive structures are not implemented, nor are investment budgets, and leadership does not provide the necessary infrastructure for future leaders to thrive.Model the way, Enable others to act, work smarter to increase organizational success opposed to fragmented account team success strategies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great for your resume, but don't expect your ideal role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and great chance of getting hired for the US federal subsidiary. This company looks great on a resume, and the benefits (e.g. health, vision, dental, profit-sharing, etc.) are comprehensive. Opportunities to receive recognition for hard work, particularly for young/new employees.

    Cons

    Career counselors are hit or miss, and the work-life balance is terrible for any non-executive or anyone without kids. Job security is nice, but that comes with roles you probably didn't want / have no interest in: consultants doing development, developers doing testing, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you hired someone for development, give them a development role. Likewise for testers, consultants, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for recent grads to build skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company's strength lies in their ability to take smart kids fresh out of college and teach them how to be consultants. Generous pto.

    Cons

    Highly political environment where talk and outside experience are valued more than good work and loyalty. Experienced hires are starting to dominate the culture and receive privileged treatment, despite typically not being of the same caliber of the college hires.
    Respect for work-life balance only applies to people with kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your roots. Focus on developing and keeping the top-notch talent that you recruit from college campuses.
    The laddering practice rewards back-stabbing and other anti-social behaviour. It's bad for the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company, poor structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people. The culture is friendly and supportive.
    Good pay, perks, and an overall emphasis on internal development.

    Cons

    Upward feedback doesn't exist, period.
    Little mobility (horizontal or upwards) unless you get on the good side of a senior manager or senior executive.
    Your entire experience and work depend on your project and manager.
    Projects tend to be boring and do not fully utilize analyst's skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your subordinates express that they want more responsibility and tasks, give it to them.
    Give promotions and ratings based on merit, not on tenure.
    Allow for resources to be able to switch to roles that they are interested in and give them opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed feelings as you progress at the firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    AMAZING people - great networking within your peer group, client, etc.

    Cons

    If you are aligned to federal - less opportunities, less flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look for opportunities to engage AFS resources as the perception is far fewer roles, uninteresting client work and far less flexibility to move within LLP/AFS clients and office locations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good and Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, people. This is a very promising place to start your career as an Analyst. Once promoted to Consultant, things get very congested and it can be hard to differentiate yourself. Promotions don't necessarily go to those who perform the best work but they know someone high enough up.

    Cons

    High turnover. Easy to get lost. Often feel like a number and not a person. There's a set of "core values" but no one knows them and the company doesn't live by them. They are simply words on the wall to feel good.

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